2X OS – Thin client operating system
With 2XOS, you can convert any PC, netbook, notebook, thin client or other device to a cloud client able to access applications and desktops remotely, through a simple, easy-to-use interface.
Access web applications, virtual desktops and published applications directly from where you need them, removing the need to install locally.
A straightforward interface allows for simple administrator control, making 2XOS extremely simple to use.
2XOS can be installed to USB devices, CDs or local hard drives, providing an effective way to access published applications on the go.
Simple Set Up
2XOS can be installed on permanent storage devices including local hard drives, USB pen drives and flash cards. As little as 1GB storage space and 512MB RAM is required to install the 2XOS Compact version. A Start Up wizard in Standalone mode guides the user through the major features of 2X OS.
Generic and compact versions offer support for the most common wireless network adapters. 2XOS supports a variety of graphics chipsets, including all VIA system-on-chip devices, (Unichrome and Chrome9 families), Intel Power VR and major vendors ATI, Nvidia and Intel.
The Connection Manager provides a central and user friendly front-end utility to create or update connectivity components in Standalone mode. A wizard guides and helps the user create connections. Supported client protocols include RDP, ICA, NX, VNC and users can also connect to VMware View broker servers using the RDP or PCoIP protocols.
Boot and System
The Boot methods supported by 2XOS include Network (PXE), Hard Disk, CD and USB pen. A panel bar inside the 2XOS welcome screen displays the date and time, keyboard layout and any messages which may pop-up before the user logs in. 2XOS performs house-keeping to ensure the installation is kept sane at all times. The welcome screen panel bar also includes the 2XOS version and build number.
Advanced Boot Menu
2XOS comes with an advanced and flexible boot menu that offers a hardware profiling tool to help administrators extract hardware information.
Integration with 2X Remote Application Server
2X Remote Application Server brings together application delivery, virtual desktop management and client management in a single platform. This module replaces 2X ThinClientServer so you can now manage all your thin clients and devices from within 2X Remote Application Server. 2X is completely vendor independent, enabling administrators to centrally manage PCs converted into thin clients with 2X OS and thin clients from HP, Wyse, Igel , 10ZiG and more. 2XOS is fully integrated with the 2X Remote Application Server module. Features include Active Directory integration and real time monitoring. Clients can be remotely powered up through Wake-On-LAN or scheduled for power up or shutdown via the ThinClient Scheduler Properties page available as part of 2X Thin Client Management. Auto login now supports unicode credentials, client shadowing has been updated and users can be allowed or denied interaction with the desktop.
Connectivity & Multimedia
2XOS supports the use of Google Apps, Microsoft Live, Adobe Flash Player and Opera Web Browser. The Chromium browser is also fully integrated.
2XOS fully supports the VIA Chrome9 integrated graphics chipset when using Generic/Compact R2 versions and the Intel PowerVR chipset is supported when using Generic/Compact R3 versions. Best in class video support with native and effortless support of the VIA Chrome9 chipset including dual extended monitor. Full accelerated rendering when deploying 2X OS over Intel, Nvidia and ATI chipsets.
Users can choose between a simple or advanced desktop environment. The advanced desktop manager features local applications including media player, text editor, task manager, calculator and file manager which the local user can use directly from 2XOS.
WIFI, Wireless Network Connectivity
2XOS supports the most common network cards, for example the Edimax EW-7622 wireless 300Mbps adapter , allowing users to configure multiple network adapters.
The ‘Session Loading’ progress bar relays the 2XOS session setup activity. 2XOS supports two desktop/window managers, XFCE version 4.10 and FVWM. Reboot and Shutdown Start Menu button entries are available at all times irrespective of the mode of operation (managed or standalone).
Simple Desktop Environment – FVWM
FVWM features a light-weight, less interactive but fast desktop manager.
Advanced Desktop Environment (XFCE version 4.10)
XFCE version 4.10 features a user friendly and highly interactive desktop manager. Local applications installed include a file manager, text editor, archive tools, terminal, picture viewer, calculator, volume mixer, task manager and media player. The advanced desktop can be configured to use XFCEs default window manager, Xfwm (which can be set up with window effects) or Metacity. There are two panel configurations, a standard (simple) panel and an advanced version suitable for dark wallpaper backgrounds.
Some features run as background processes in 2XOS and have a present, clear visual representation in the form of a tray icon.
The Operational Mode Monitor identifies the current mode of operation, if the mode is managed then farm settings will be displayed. There are separate monitors that display information on key processes such as network traffic and affiliated devices, CPU performance, RAM & Swap areas as well as a user home partition analysis tool that allows the user to monitor available disk space complete with notifications.
System Tools System Preferences
System Preferences provides a front-end utility to change or update several of the 2XOS system settings. Users are able to change keyboard settings like layout, repeat delay, speed, mouse acceleration and sensitivity on the fly.
2XOS Updates provide the user with a reliable way of retrieving critical updates. Update checks are performed each time a new desktop session is created. The frequency of update checks can also be varied via the System Configuration Tool if operating in standalone mode. In Standalone mode users can also decide whether to download updates.
2XOS Session Messenger is a notification utility which informs the user when a particular process has been launched. This is operational when the user launches connectivity components and the Opera or Chromium browser.
Installed versions operate in a “persistent” storage scenario which means that user and client configuration data is retained on client power down. The System Preferences tool includes plug-ins to change keyboard, mouse, display, language and network settings on the fly.
Persistent storage allows the user to retain session configuration and connection settings and customize the 2XOS working environment. Users can now install 2XOS using a variety of combinations, for example, ISO->HD, ISO->USB, HD->USB, etc.
2XOS has a boot phase hardware profiling tool to help administrators determine hardware-related data and save a consolidated report to a USB pen. The Session Debug Manager utility provides a front-end utility to generate and consolidate system and session debug information. An archive containing this and other relevant information can be created and sent to 2X Support.